ANITRA MICHELLE

My creative journey through life, actually part diary and inspirational scrapbook of clothing designer, conceptual/fine art photographer, full bred creative. International woman from New York to Paris...and anywhere in-between.

MONDAY MUSING: TRANSITIONS

The transition in Life…

Photos by Anitra Michelle

To me, a witch is a woman that is capable of letting her intuition take hold of her actions, that communes with her environment, that isn’t afraid of facing challenges.

— Paulo Coelho

SATURDAY INSPIRATION #90: JAY Z

One of the originators, not only a musician, but a man who is a man among men.  An example of how being yourself can not only be a business, but inspires a generation of artist.  Say what you will regarding his life and his music, but you can’t deny his Authentic Originality….

Life + Times.

FRIDAY FUN: CREATE

Art by Sylvia Bachli

THE ORIGINALS: PAM GRIER, FOXY BROWN

HUMP DAY HAPPINESS: WEAPON OF CHOICE

#factsthough

FAILING THE FRENCH, BUT NOT THAT AMERICAN.

Well, as I woke up this morning, after laying in bed for another 2 hours, I realize that along with my getting older, I’m lacking in another area of my life.  Now I should say…getting older doesn’t mean lacking, but in my case…it’s a step in that direction, when working out happens at night instead of during the morning because I need a few more minutes.  However, I am meditating quite a bit more and listening to my inner compass.  That’s neither here nor there…

I am putting my self on blast for my lack of Parisienne and even less crazy American-ness.  I mean maybe I’m just not good in groups.  I’ve considered this because while many of my friends associated with cliques and groups of girlfriends, I realized that my loyal friends are not even associated with each other.  Or much later, when I realized that I don’t work well in a corporate environment.  I mean this is a tale that keeps on unfolding…now it’s my countrywoman-ness (vs. countryman-ness).

I am now living in France (born in Michigan, raised in Maryland…universitized in DC and here by way of New York where I spent the last 14 years) so, I’m very much American.  I realized that I write much more about American culture and happenings than I do French the very place that I lay my head.  Although both hold a special place in my life and current growth.  I realized that my French citizenship/harbor is questionable because yesterday’s big Bastille Day, didn’t even make a blip on my blog.  I went out…I reaped the benefits of a bank holiday, but no writing…no educating my readers…no sharing in my wild day…NOTHING.

Maybe…it’s because I decided to depart before the fireworks came…I mean I did sit on the Seine, which was beautiful and fun.  I waved at tourist and looked at the sun set on the La Tour Eiffle, but I did not see the bright blasts of light..maybe that was the cherry on top that would have given me the energy to share in the French History, Le Fete Nationale.  Maybe attending the Parade was needed…who knows.

What I do know is that I am noticing a pattern and no matter my previous failings in my Parisian home…it’s time that I share more of my bi-country roots..and means for living!  We will see in the coming weeks…what the fate of my new found realization will be….

Toast to all of my American citizens and Expats…wave your flags loud and proud!

MONDAY INSPIRATION: RE2PECT. JETER.

Work towards your goals and be steadfast…Happy Monday.

Hold fast to dreams,
For if dreams die
Life is a broken-winged bird,
That cannot fly.

— Langston Hughes

SUNDAY INSPIRATION #88: STYLE ICON, FARIDA KHELFA

SATURDAY INSPIRATION #89: Marina Abramovic. An artist’s life Manifesto


1. An artist’s conduct in his life:


– An artist should not lie to himself or others
– An artist should not steal ideas from other artists
– An artist should not compromise for themselves or in regards to the art market
– An artist should not kill other human beings
– An artist should not make themselves into an idol
– An artist should not make themselves into an idol
– An artist should not make themselves into an idol




2. An artist’s relation to his love life:


– An artist should avoid falling in love with another artist
– An artist should avoid falling in love with another artist
– An artist should avoid falling in love with another artist




3. An artist’s relation to the erotic:


– An artist should develop an erotic point of view on the world
– An artist should be erotic
– An artist should be erotic
– An artist should be erotic




4. An artist’s relation to suffering:


– An artist should suffer
– From the suffering comes the best work
– Suffering brings transformation
– Through the suffering an artist transcends their spirit
– Through the suffering an artist transcends their spirit
– Through the suffering an artist transcends their spirit




5. An artist’s relation to depression:
– An artist should not be depressed
– Depression is a disease and should be cured
– Depression is not productive for an artist
– Depression is not productive for an artist
– Depression is not productive for an artist




6. An artist’s relation to suicide:


– Suicide is a crime against life
– An artist should not commit suicide
– An artist should not commit suicide
– An artist should not commit suicide




7. An artist’s relation to inspiration:


– An artist should look deep inside themselves for inspiration
– The deeper they look inside themselves, the more universal they become
– The artist is universe
– The artist is universe
– The artist is universe




8. An artist’s relation to self-control:


– The artist should not have self-c ontrol about his life
– The artist should have total self-control about his work
– The artist should not have self-control about his life
– The artist should have total self-control about his work




9. An artist’s relation with transparency:


– The artist should give and receive at the same time
– Transparency means receptive
– Transparency means to give
– Transparency means to receive
– Transparency means receptive
– Transparency means to give
– Transparency means to receive
– Transparency means receptive
– Transparency means to give
– Transparency means to receive




10. An artist’s relation to symbols:


– An artist creates his own symbols
– Symbols are an artist’s language
– The language must then be translated
– Sometimes it is difficult to find the key
– Sometimes it is difficult to find the key
– Sometimes it is difficult to find the key




11. An artist’s relation to silence:


– An artist has to understand silence
– An artist has to create a space for silence to enter his work
– Silence is like an island in the middle of a turbulent ocean
– Silence is like an island in the middle of a turbulent ocean
– Silence is like an island in the middle of a turbulent ocean




12. An artist’s relation to solitude:


– An artist must make time for the long periods of solitude
– Solitude is extremely important
– Away from home
– Away from the studio
– Away from family
– Away from friends
– An artist should stay for long periods of time at waterfalls
– An artist should stay for long periods of time at exploding volcanoes
– An artist should stay for long periods of time looking at the fast running rivers
– An artist should stay for long periods of time looking at the horizon where the ocean and sky meet
– An artist should stay for long periods of time looking at the stars in the night sky




13. An artist’s conduct in relation to work:


– An artist should avoid going to the studio every day
– An artist should not treat his work schedule as a bank employee does
– An artist should explore life and work only when an idea comes to him in a dream or during the day as a vision that arises as a surprise
– An artist should not repeat himself
– An artist should not overproduce
– An artist should avoid his own art pollution
– An artist should avoid his own art pollution
– An artist should avoid his own art pollution




14. An artist’s possessions:


– Buddhist monks advise that it is best to have nine possessions in their life:
1 robe for the summer
1 robe for the winter
1 pair of shoes
1 begging bowl for food
1 mosquito net
1 prayer book
1 umbrella
1 mat to sleep on
1 pair of glasses if needed
– An artist should decide for himself the minimum personal possessions they should have
– An artist should have more and more of less and less
– An artist should have more and more of less and less
– An artist should have more and more of less and less


15. A list of an artist’s friends:


– An artist should have friends that lift their spirits
– An artist should have friends that lift their spirits
– An artist should have friends that lift their spirits




16. A list of an artist’s enemies:


– Enemies are very important
– The Dalai Lama has said that it is easy to have compassion with friends but much more difficult to have compassion with enemies
– An artist has to learn to forgive
– An artist has to learn to forgive
– An artist has to learn to forgive




17. Different death scenarios:


– An artist has to be aware of his own mortality
– For an artist, it is not only important how he lives his life but also how he dies
– An artist should look at the symbols of his work for the signs of different death scenarios
– An artist should die consciously without fear
– An artist should die consciously without fear
– An artist should die consciously without fear




18. Different funeral scenarios:


– An artist should give instructions before the funeral so that everything is done the way he wants it
– The funeral is the artist’s last art piece before leaving
– The funeral is the artist’s last art piece before leaving
– The funeral is the artist’s last art piece before leaving

THE ORIGINALS: KEVIN DURANT, LIBRA LOVE.

SATURDAY INSPIRATION #88: GAWDDAMN RIGHT!

SATURDAY INSPIRATION #87: TRAVEL: IBIZA.

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